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The Lompoc Vision

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D

ecember’s YLLV topic was Education Day. On

Monday, December 9th, we met at the LUSD of-

fice, walked to Albertson’s and left via COLT bus

to Allan Hancock College in Lompoc. We got a tour of the

campus and learned what the college had to offer. We also

learned about the financial aid program including the “Al-

lan Hancock Promise” of free tuition for the entire first year

by Kaje Sanchez

Education Day

of college!

Next, we walked next door to the First Responder’s Train-

ing Facility. This is a state-of-the-art facility that trains fire,

rescue, police and EMT personnel how to deal with differ-

ent situations. The firemen and women have a “burn build-

ing” that has controlled fires inside. They also have cars

that are hooked to flammable gasses to train how to save

people from burning cars. The facility has classrooms for

police officers. In one training room, officers are given dif-

ferent situations with a hostile person on a screen. Here,

they learn how to address them and when to use force. Two

YLLV students were selected to participate while the rest

of us watched.

Once back at the LUSD office, we had lunch. Then we

took over the school district board room and learned what

it’s like to be a board member or part of the concerned

community. We were given different problems and heard

the “community’s” perspective of what we wanted, and

thought was best for the students.

One topic was the State’s “Late Start Mandate,” which

will make it mandatory for middle schools to start no ear-

lier than 8 a.m. and high schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

We had the opportunity to express our opinion about this in

the mock meeting and learned the real meetings are open to

the public for their input.

This was a fun day and we learned a lot about our com-

munity’s education system!